The progress and actions taken by a person throughout a lifetime, especially those related to that person's occupations. A career is often composed of the jobs held, titles earned and work accomplished over a long period of time, rather than just referring to one position.

While employees in some cultures and economies stay with one job during their career, there is an increasing trend to employees changing jobs more frequently. For example, an individual's career could involve being a lawyer, though the individual could work for several different firms and in several different areas of law over a lifetime.

See also career ladder.

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  • Nowadays it is getting seemingly harder for the average person to obtain a job and start a career in that business.

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  • Many employees are jeopardizing their career by using their employers' computers and online networks for personal business and other unacceptable behaviors; such as accessing inappropriate web sites.

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  • After you graduate college and learn everything you need to about your field, you can finally launch a career and have a job that can provide you with a comfortable lifestyle.

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